If you’ve gotten used with Windows 8 a bit, you’ve probably noticed that most commands in this version of the operating system can be executed only from within an elevated Command Prompt. This means that you won’t have to run the Command Prompt with administrator privileges.
However, there are some commands that cannot be run from a standard Command Prompt. When trying to run this type of commands, you’ll see an error message that reads as follows “This command can only be executed from an elevated command prompt”. If you happen to see this message, don’t panic because opening an elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8 is not that complicated. The steps to be followed take little time and pose no difficulty. So, here they go:
1. Start by right-clicking on the Start Screen if you’re using a keyboard. Then just click on “All apps”. If you don’t use a keyboard, go to “All apps” by swiping up from the bottom of the Start screen and then simply touch “All apps”.
2. Once you get to the “All apps” screen, you have to go to the Windows System heading and then right-click or press and hold Command Prompt.
3. There’s a menu that will appear at the bottom of the screen. You will have to press/click on “Run As Administrator”. You may get a User Account Control message. If you do so, then just click on Yes.
4. You will see an elevated Command Prompt opening. You can now execute any command in Windows 8 and you don’t have to worry about permission restrictions because you’re running the Command Prompt program as an administrator.
How can you tell whether the Command Prompt you opened is elevated or not? Well, it’s very simple. If it’s elevated, the window title should say “Administrator: Command Prompt” and if it’s not elevated, the title should say only “Command Prompt”.
Those of you using a keyboard can use the Power User Tasks Menu to open an elevated Command Prompt. You just have to press Win+X and then click on Command Prompt (Admin). If you see the User Account Control message, click Yes.